Mt Surprise to Karumba Road Trip is varied and cover a fascinating range of topics and places
Surprise to Karumba Road Trip is varied and cover a fascinating range of topics and places
Bedrock Village Caravan Park in Mt Surprise.
Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours is located in the historic township of Mt. Surprise, 320 km southwest of Cairns on the Savannah Way.
Designed and built by Joe and Jo Lockyer and their children Amy and Toby on their 9 acres of bush land. Years of creation has transformed the area from a harsh basalt landscape into an oasis.
Joe Lockyer has been a member of Savannah Guides since 1992 and Bedrock Village was accredited as a Savannah Guide Site in April 2001.
Joe is a highly skilled bushman and has a wealth of knowledge of the local flora, fauna, geology and history. This strong background is put to outstanding use as he shares his passion and enthusiasm through his diverse range of guided tours which include the Undara Volcanic National Park and Savannahlander train.
The 11 metre salt water pool, 9 hole mini golf course and television room, ensure that the younger visitors to Bedrock Village have plenty to keep them occupied.
Free gas BBQs and 2 camp kitchens are offered for selfcatering. Clothes lines and laundry facilities are available in the recreation area.
Pet minding is available for those wishing to join a tour; the fee is a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Most evenings from Easter until the end of September, there are free campfire activities and inexpensive home cooked evening meals are served. Everyone is encouraged to join in and have a laugh and feed and enjoy the family atmosphere with Jo & Joe.
Take a trip aboard the Savannahlander train for a 2 hour journey to the quaint outback town of Einasleigh. Have a wonder down to Copperfield Gorge with its basalt columns. View the antique miniature furniture displays at the local pub. On the return journey enjoy billy afternoon tea on the banks of the Einasleigh River.
From Mt Surprise we continued heading west on The Savannah Way , which connects Cairns in the east with Broome in the west via the Gulf of Carpentaria. We stopped for lunch at Lake Belmore, a few kilometres out of Croydon, and then continued into Normanton. We decided to stay here for a few nights as the annual Normanton Show and Rodeo was being held on the Friday and during the weekend. We stayed at the Normanton Tourist Park in the centre of town and were placed in a site right next to their great 25 metre swimming pool and heated spa.
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Afterwards, we visited the old gaol and a replica of Krys the Savannah King, a crocodile shot in the Norman River by Krystina Pawlowski in 1957. Krys measured 8.63 metres 28 ft 4 in long, weighed over 2 tons and is said to be the largest recorded crocodile captured in the world. It was absolutely huge although the girth looked a bit unrealistic, but apparently the replica is made to the dimensions listed in the Guiness Book of Records based on photos taken at the time, which were lost in the 1974 floods.
Next Day, We headed out to the show quite early and climbed up on the railings with the other early birds to watch the camp draft event, which went all day. Each contestant has to isolate one cow from a group of cattle in a small pen, herd it through the gate and into the arena. Then they have to herd the cow around two posts in a figure eight pattern and then back through another two posts, the finish line. It looked very difficult and only about 1 in 20 cowboys/girls were successful within the time limit. Some very talented horsemen/women entered, all vying for a $2,000 first prize, and it was very interesting to watch. Later, we wandered over to watch some of the Gymkhana events and saw lots of tiny tots on horses and ponies. We visited the pavilion and looked at the art, craft and cooking entries. The photographic section was really big with lots of amazing photos.
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Karumba is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia. Situated on the mouth of the Norman River, the charming port town of Karumba is already well known as a recreational fishing mecca and birdwatchers paradise. Whilst Karumba is fast becoming a must do destination for travellers and fishing enthusiasts looking for an experience with a difference, Karumba has retained an untouched quality due to its relative isolation and small population.
During the summer the wet season, the monsoon rains replenish the waterways and attract a multitude of birds with Karumba being internationally recognised as being an important habitat for some of the most unique birdlife in the world. Part of the wet season also incorporates the closed season regulated waters for barramundi fishing, which prevents people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect these species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons.
During winter, with the Barramundi in abundance and with the season declared open, many fishing enthusiasts and tourists from round Australia and overseas descend on Karumba for some of the best wild caught barramundi in Australia.
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Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: 07 4745 9277
Fax 07 4745 9480
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